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MrPloppy
Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 7:42 pm Reply with quote
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I know some of the Toppiers (is that the adjective?) on this site have all-in-one remote controls, and I believe I'm in the market for one. My telly remote has suffered a leaking battery burn which I can't get rid of. Crying or Very sad

Also, my Toppy remote has seen better days. The combined efforts of my sons to break the tab off the battery compartment and to chew the end of it so it now looks like the surface of the moon means that it too is probably destined for the drawer of death.

Anyway, which remote should I go for? I've heard the Harmony ONE remote is good, but does anyone have any other suggestions? I've got a Wii, PS3 and Toppy all plugged into my telly. I've got a surround sound system too.

Any advice greatfully received.

MrP.

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Darucla
Posted: Fri Jul 24, 2009 10:04 pm Reply with quote
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The Harmony remotes are good, and probably the best for the money. (The Pronto range from Philips may be better, but I'll never know because of the price). Look at the range, preferably for one with the 4 hard colour buttons. You can get these on the touch screen of the One, but why bother? Also, if you may need RF extenders, be careful about what you buy.

BUT, be aware that both the PS3 and the Wii will have limited controlabilty from the Harmony, or indeed any other universal remote.

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gomezz
Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:01 am Reply with quote
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The PS3 remote is Bluetooth so you may struggle to find a multi-device remote that controls that as well as everything else. The One-For-All URC 7555 is also a popular (and cheaper) choice or the 7556 black variant.

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Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:19 am Reply with quote
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Perhaps I could direct you to here on how not to conduct a customer service campaign... Shocked

http://forum.toppy.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=194482#194482

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andyfras
Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 11:45 am Reply with quote
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I am very happy with my URC-7555. It took a bit of setting up for the Toppy, but all the information you need is only a search away on this forum. It can also learn commands from other remotes that are not in its database.

I like the look of the URC-7781 which seems to be a further development of the 7555 and can do upgrades for new remote codes via PC or phone.

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Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 12:21 pm Reply with quote
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MrPloppy wrote:


Anyway, which remote should I go for? I've heard the Harmony ONE remote is good, but does anyone have any other suggestions? I've got a Wii, PS3 and Toppy all plugged into my telly. I've got a surround sound system too.

Any advice greatfully received.

MrP.

I have a Harmony 525 and am very happy with it. It took some getting used to as to how to set it up but Logitech are very helpful. Also because you set it up via your PC and their online server if you need help then the Logitech guys can set it up for you according to your requirements and then you just run the update utility.

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jumbo
Posted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 3:49 pm Reply with quote
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For small/medium hands/fingers and non-button crushers: Harmony 555. Good price and not OTT as some are!

PS Add a cheap battery charger + rechargeable batteries too.

PPS If colour buttons are an important consideration then watch out for remotes that don't have them.
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underquark
Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 6:37 pm Reply with quote
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The best all-in-one remote is the one that you can actually use and like using AND that your family can use. Visit a shop and handle a few before buying one. Or take a look at eBay and consider trying one and selling it on if it doesn't suit. You'll find some Toppy-centred help for Harmony and JP1 (URC7555, 7781 etc.) remotes on this site as there seem to be many users of these types.

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Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:05 am Reply with quote
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underquark wrote:
Visit a shop and handle a few before buying one.
That's no good: They won't let you get your sticky paws on it, drop in your bowl of soup, let the dog have a chew on it, sit on it or lose it for a day or two and see if you're still satisfied with it Laughing
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alfablue
Posted: Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:25 am Reply with quote
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Darucla wrote:
The Harmony remotes are good, and probably the best for the money. (The Pronto range from Philips may be better, but I'll never know because of the price).
I went from a Pronto to a Harmony 885, it is far easier to set up and more intuitive.

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MrPloppy
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:28 am Reply with quote
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Well, thanks for all your help chaps. From the advice above, I looked at:

1. Harmony 885
2. URC 7555
3. URC 7781
4. Harmony 555
5. Harmony 525
6. Harmony ONE

And what have I gone for? Well, I must admit, I wasn't impressed by the URCs - they *looked* cheap. I think I'm only looking at the images and noticeing the distinct lack of LCD screen. Do I need an LCD screen? Probably not. I'm sure, also, that the function of the URCs would more than meet my needs, but the lack of the LCD... Cool

So, weighing everything up, I've plumped for the 885. What won it over was the fact it had the coloured buttons, and the fact it's chargeable. This means that I'd always know where to find it (at the moment, the remote could be *anywhere* in the house!).

I got it for 60 after a brief Google search. However, add the tax and ludicrous postage fee, it came to 78. Still, better than other places, I suppose. Of course, I'll tell the wife that I managed to find it for 60 which is, technically, true...

So what remains now is how to get it working with my PS/3. I actually bought a remote for it with a dongle that fits in the USB port at the front - would this work with the remote?

Then there's the light switches I saw in B&Q last night which are infra-red... oh boy! Twisted Evil

Thanks again chaps.


MrP.

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alfablue
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:35 am Reply with quote
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If the dongle is IR it should work, you can set most IR devices up.

I got the RC light switch, I set up a "Cinema" activity, amp on, tv on, dvd player on, lights dim Cool G/f thought it was very "porn star / cheesy" Laughing Only thing is, I found my subwoofer (has IR) went on/off up/down with the lights! Confused

Hope you like the 885, I have been pleased with mine, you paid half what I did!

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Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:24 pm Reply with quote
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MrPloppy wrote:
I've plumped for the 885. What won it over was the fact it had the coloured buttons, and the fact it's chargeable.

I got it for 60 after a brief Google search. However, add the tax and ludicrous postage fee, it came to 78.
That's a good price, but if you got it overseas, make sure it IS the version with coloured keys - the US version doesn't have them, and I can't remember now whether or not it has a different model number.

The LCD screen *IS* useful, as you can label keys on it to be meaningful (e.g. "Delete" instead of "White", for instance). I usually go for something like "Delete (White)" to get the function AND the original key name.

Julie

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alfablue
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:32 pm Reply with quote
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I think the US version is the 880



The 885 has coloured buttons on the lower part of the silver elipse


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I bought an 885 last October from Amazon (on offer at 69 Delivered) and have been very pleased with it...

Martyn

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